PM5 Firmware Overview | Concept2

PM5 Firmware Overview

Firmware is the computer program embedded in and running your Performance Monitor. We strongly recommend that you keep your firmware up to date with the current version. To update the firmware in your Performance Monitor, download and install the free Concept2 Utility software onto your computer using the links on the right side of the page. Restart your computer once the Concept2 Utility is fully installed on your computer. Follow the instructions below to update your PM firmware using either a USB flash drive or a USB cable.

Updating the Firmware with a USB Flash Drive for the First Time

Concept2 recommends using a USB 2.0 or USB 3.1 flash drive that is 16GB or smaller, and it must be formatted to FAT or FAT32 (not exFAT or NTFS). The flash drive must be dedicated for use only with Concept2 equipment and not contain any other folders. Click for more info on how to format a flash drive.

How to Format a Flash Drive

This will erase all folders on the drive.

  1. Windows—Format to FAT or FAT32 (not exFAT or NTFS)
    1. Insert the flash drive into your computer.
    2. Open This PC or Computer (depending on OS version).
    3. Right-click on the flash drive device.
    4. Click Format.
    5. Select File System and click FAT or FAT32.
    6. Click Start.
    7. Click OK and eject the drive
  2. Mac—Format to MS-DOS (FAT)
    1. Insert the flash drive into your computer.
    2. Run Disk Utility (Finder > Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility).
    3. Under View Options, select Show All Devices. The flash drive will be visible in the left column.
    4. Select the flash drive device.
    5. Select Erase at the top of the application window.
    6. Name the flash drive.
    7. Select MS-DOS (FAT) format.
    8. Select Master Boot Record scheme.
    9. Click Erase. Disk Utility will complete the formatting.
    10. Click Done then eject the flash drive.
  1. Initialize the USB flash drive with the PM5
    1. Press Menu to turn the PM5 on. Plug the USB flash drive into your PM5 and wait 10–15 seconds.
    2. The PM5 will prompt you to name the USB Logbook (use the arrow and +/- keys to create a name, then press the checkmark).
    3. Remove the flash drive.
  2. Use the Concept2 Utility to load current firmware files onto the flash drive
    1. Launch the Concept2 Utility
      1. Windows: Start menu > Concept2 Utility
      2. Mac: Finder > Applications > Concept2 Utility
    2. Select Update Firmware > PM5.
    3. Insert the USB flash drive.
    4. Select Install Release Firmware.
    5. Eject the flash drive once complete.
  3. Install the firmware on the PM5
    1. Press Menu to turn the PM5 on. Plug the USB flash drive into your PM5 and wait 10–15 seconds.
    2. The PM5 will ask if you want to install the new firmware.
    3. Select Update Now twice to start the update.

The update takes several minutes, and the PM5 displays “update in progress” messages during this time. The update is complete when the PM5 displays the Main Menu. You can then do your workout or take the USB flash drive to another PM5 that needs updating.

When updating from firmware version 12 (indoor rowers) or 712 (SkiErgs) and earlier, follow the USB Cable procedure.

Updating the Firmware with a USB Flash Drive Previously Used with Concept2 Equipment
  1. Use the Concept2 Utility to load current firmware files onto the flash drive
    1. Launch the Concept2 Utility
      1. Windows: Start menu > Concept2 Utility
      2. Mac: Finder > Applications > Concept2 Utility
    2. Select Update Firmware > PM5.
    3. Insert the USB flash drive.
    4. Select Install Release Firmware.
    5. Eject the flash drive once complete.
  2. Install the firmware on the PM5
    1. Press Menu to turn the PM5 on. Plug the USB flash drive into your PM5 and wait 10–15 seconds.
    2. The PM5 will ask if you want to install the new firmware.
    3. Select Update Now twice to start the update.
Updating Firmware with a USB Cable

This method requires a USB cable that has a USB Type-B plug on one end for plugging into the Performance Monitor, and either a USB Type-A or USB Type-C plug on the other end for connecting to your computer (this is the same cable used to plug in a printer). Please check your computer to see what type of USB plug it accepts. Refer to the images below for help.

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  1. Launch the Concept2 Utility.
    1. Windows: Start menu > Concept2 Utility
    2. Mac: Finder > Applications > Concept2 Utility
  2. Connect your Performance Monitor to your computer with the USB cable. Wait until you see ‘CONNECTED’ in the green box on the Concept2 Utility.
  3. Click Update Firmware.
  4. The Concept2 Utility checks the firmware currently installed on the Performance Monitor and will indicate whether an update is available. If your Performance Monitor firmware is current, the Concept2 Utility will let you know that as well.
  5. Click Install Vxxx where xxx is the firmware version number you're about to install. If a beta firmware version is available and you want to install it instead, click the Install Beta Firmware link. More info

    Beta firmware releases are development versions made available for testing before general release. Beta firmware may include new features and fixes for issues discovered in current versions. When beta firmware is available, it will be offered as an installation option through the Utility when you check for updates.

    Sometimes beta firmware can have bugs so we really appreciate getting all feedback on beta firmware. Please email your feedback to info@concept2.com

The update takes several minutes. During the update, the Concept2 Utility displays a progress indicator and will let you know when the process is complete.

Additional Resources

  • How to check your current firmware version

    • Power the Performance Monitor on by pressing any button
    • Select More Options > Utilities > More Utilities > Product ID
    • The firmware version will be listed as the top line on the Product ID screen.
  • Concept2 Utility system requirements

Current Firmware Versions

There are several different versions depending on your monitor. Check your current firmware version to see the latest release for your PM. The PM5 Timeline has more information on each version.

Firmware Range Current Release Release Date
RowErgs
0–33 33 October 2022
150–172 172 October 2022
200–211 211 September 2022
250–254 254 October 2022
SkiErgs
700–733 733 October 2022
850–872 872 October 2022
900–911 911 September 2022
950–954 954 October 2022
BikeErgs
300–330 330 October 2022
350–363 363 October 2022
400–404 404 October 2022

Concept2 Utility 7.10.15

Windows
.exe format
Mac
.dmg format

Note: The current Windows release is 7.10.19 and can be downloaded from the link above. The latest releases of the Concept2 Utility only support 64-bit Windows and
Mac OS 10.13 and later. If you are running an older version, please install the legacy version for Windows or Mac OS, available here.

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